Leeds United are in a sticky patch of form at the moment, losing five of their last eight Premier League games whilst also crashing out of the FA Cup to Crawley Town.

The Whites haven’t won or even scored in 2021, and Victor Orta may now be tempted to dip into the transfer market to help Marcelo Bielsa.

A new midfielder could be an option; Kalvin Phillips and Mateusz Klich are Bielsa favourites, but bringing in a player who can offer some more competition in the middle of the park would be ideal.

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One name linked is that of Kouadio Kone, with Leeds having looked at him over the summer before more reports emerged about interest from Elland Road.

Tuttomercatoweb reported that both Bielsa and Orta were big fans of Kone and have been tracking him for some time, but had been told to pay €15million (£13.5million).

Leeds now look to have missed out on Kone, as Fabrizio Romano reports that a deal for the 19-year-old to join Borussia Monchengladbach has been completed.

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The fee involved is just €9million (£8million), which is a huge discount on the price Leeds were quoted, but Kone will spend the rest of the season back on loan at Toulouse.

The teenager will then head to Germany and attempt to follow in the footstep of Gladbach’s French stars Alassane Plea and Marcus Thuram, with Leeds now having to watch on.

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